Complete List of Articles




Surviving 5 Kids and a Puppy - As if life was not crazy enough with five small children, see what happened when we added a 6 week old puppy into the mix.
*Featured in the May 2011 issue of The Long Island Kids' Directory





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Surviving 5 Kids and Their Friends - Living in a family-friendly neighborhood is providing our children with an unforgettable childhood. Unfortunately, having so many kids around all of the time can get a little out of control!




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Surviving 5 Kids and The Easter Bunny - With some cheap decorations and a few creative traditions, Easter has become one of the most fun holidays that our family enjoys.




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Surviving 5 Kids and Turning 30 - Join me on the eve of my 30th birthday as I reflect on how far I've come, where I am now and what I hope to achieve in the future.



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Surviving 5 Kids and Little League - It's America's favorite past time and ours as well. See how we get through the hustle and bustle of baseball season in a house with so many little fans.



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Surviving 5 Kids and a Phobia - Learn about my bizarre (and somewhat embarrassing) phobia and how it will most definitely hold me back from any "Mother of the Year" nominations.





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Surviving 5 Kids and Misbehavior - How does one cope when there are tantrums times five? Come laugh and point at my struggles with the misbehavior that comes with each stage of childhood.





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Surviving 5 Kids and Their Imagination - There is nothing more adorable, hilarious or random than a child's imagination. See what its like to watch, talk to and play with five at once.



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Surviving 5 Kids and Camera - My photos provide me with a walk down memory lane, and a way to preserve the kids' childhood long after they are grown.




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Surviving 5 Kids and The Hospital - With five adventurous children like mine the hospital ER has become like a second home. Read about some of our more memorable visits.




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Surviving 5 Kids and Volunteering - Taking my 6 and 7 year old kids to serve dinner to the homeless on Halloween night. It teaches them compassion and gives back to the community. How could anything possibly go wrong?





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Surviving 5 Kids and Dieting - It's no secret that childbirth wreaks havoc on your body. After five children in five years how do I repair my body image, my motivation and my waistline?





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Surviving Tony - The first installment of a series introducing the children who bring me so much, joy laughter and headache. Meet Tony, my first born child and only son. Come see how he handles being surrounded by so many girls!





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Surviving Brileigh - The second installment of a series introducing the children who bring me so much, joy laughter and headache. Meet Brileigh, my eldest daughter and the little mother hen of the family.





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Surviving Ainsley - The third installment of a series introducing the children who bring me so much, joy laughter and headache. Meet Ainsley; the zany, wild child who keeps me on my toes.She has taken my world by storm!





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Surviving Delaney - The fourth installment of a series introducing the children who bring me so much, joy laughter and headache. Meet Delaney; the eternal baby of the family even if she isn't the youngest. See what happens when you have two babies in the same year!




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Surviving Lacey - The last installment of a series introducing the children who bring me so much, joy laughter and headache. Meet Lacey, the subject of adoration in our home. But is that always a good thing?





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Surviving 5 Kids and a Massage - What happens when a severely under-pampered mother of five gets treated to their first massage at a swanky day spa? It's memorable for sure...




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Surviving 5 Kids and Fundraisers - Along with five children, their sports, their activities and their school comes many many fundraisers. How do we do them all without scaring away our friends and family?





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Surviving 5 Kids and a Job - Raising five children is a full time job, adding a home based business to the mix is nearly impossible, especially with my crazy kids!
*Featured in the June 2011 issue of The Long Island Kids' Directory





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Surviving 5 Kids and a Husband - Meet my husband, a father of 8, and see how our marriage survived through alcoholism and immaturity to become something to be proud of.





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Surviving 5 Kids and The Grocery Store - Feed a large family is one thing, but shopping for them is another. A simple trip to the store turns into a battle against public scrutiny.




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Surviving 5 Kids and Chuck-E-Cheese - Where a kid can be a kid and mom can spend a lot of money.






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Surviving 5 Kids and Mommy Brain - A humorous look at the many reasons life with children can make you crazy.




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Surviving 5 Kids and Independence Day - Loud noises, fire, explosions, and cookouts, perfect for five little kids, right?




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Surviving 5 Kids and Germs - Ever drink "pot-tea"? Have a budding "Poocaso"? Then check out this article about the grosser side of life with small children.




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Survival Flashback: A Night with No Children - An entry from an old blog I wrote back in 2007, back when I had three children (ages 3, 2 and 6 months) and was pregnant with my fourth.




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Surviving Eight - An introduction to my stepchildren and the way our family grew from five to ten.




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Survival Flashback: Dinner for Three - An entry from an old blog I wrote back in 2007, back when I had three children (ages 3, 2 and 6 months) and was pregnant with my fourth.




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Surviving 5 Kids and a Social Life - After graduation our friends disappear and start lives of their own. How does a mommy make friends?






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Survival Flashback: Beating the Clock - With 2 toddlers a baby and a bulbous belly, it's amazing that I ever made it anywhere on time, especially with mornings like this one...





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Surviving 5 Kids and Summer Vacation - The lazy days of summer aren't so lazy with five kids underfoot, but the ice cream man is the real thorn in my side.




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Surviving 5 Kids and a Walk in the Park - What could be more relaxing than a Sunday stroll in the park... with five kids... and a puppy? Hmm...




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Surviving 5 Kids and Football - My son began playing tackle football when he was only 6 years old and along with it came a slew of emotions for both of us.






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Surviving Brileigh and The Song - When my six year old daughter composed a dramatic love song all by herself I was taught a lesson in self confidence.






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Surviving 5 Kids and Vacation Bible School - Ever send your children to VBS so that you can enjoy a few hours of peace during the summer? Well here is a look at what it's like on the other side.




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Surviving 5 Kids and the Beach - It's practically mandatory to go to the beach at least once during the summer- even if you do have five kids to bring along.




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Surviving Brian and High Cholesterol - Coercing my children to eat healthy foods in difficult enough, but making my husband follow a diet proves to be next to impossible.




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Surviving the Audition - Theater was my passion in high school, over 10 years later do I still have it in me to get on stage?




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Surviving 5 Kids and the Pool - Bobbing 5 children around in the pool? Sure why not?




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Surviving 5 Kids and the Long Car RideI was stuck in a car with five children for seven hours- and I lived to tell about it... barely








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Surviving 5 Kids and the Zoo - A family trip to the Columbus Zoo was the perfect way to end the summer... and a perfect way to test out patience.








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Surviving 5 Kids and Back to School - It's that time of year again...












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Surviving 5 Kids and a Blog Post - I'm sorry to say there will be no blog today. let me explain why...










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